Tips to Live Through Your Renovation

Renovating your home is a big deal.  Living in a home that’s undergoing renovations can be stressful and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! There are simple things you can do to make the process easier.

Make Some Simple Plans

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to sit down with your family and talk about what parts of the house will be off-limits, where people will sleep, and how you’ll handle things like meals and personal hygiene (hello, homemade outdoor shower).

Be Prepared For Delays

It’s rare for a renovation project to go perfectly according to plan; usually there are a few delays along the way. Make sure you’ve talked with your contractor about how those will be handled (and trust us, this is one area where it pays to have a good relationship with your contractor). You should also write down any questions or concerns that come up as work progresses.

Be Flexible

Even if you’ve made some solid plans for how you’ll live through your renovation. Making the most of any situation is always possible if you approach it with a sense of humor. Try to find ways to laugh at the inevitable setbacks—the more fun you have, the easier time you’ll have getting through it!

Spring Design Inspiration

Springtime is the best time to freshen up your home. After a long hibernation, you want to get out and make your space feel bright and lively again. The best part about spring decorating? You can use all the fun colors of nature!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Add a fresh coat of paint

One simple way to create a major impact in your home is to paint a wall or two. Paint is an easy and affordable way to add personality and interest to your space, and you can update it whenever you want!

Plant a garden

Bring some greenery into your space! Planting a garden is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and even save money on groceries. If you have limited outdoor space or don’t want to spend money on plants, try planting herbs in pots that you can keep inside once they’re grown!

Have a picnic

When the weather is nice, it’s fun to eat outside with friends and family. If you have kids at home, this is also an easy way for them to play together without having screen time!

Design: Pretty In Pink

With the abundance of beautiful materials out there we thought it would be fun to round up some unique products and design elements to help inspire the use of color, texture, and alternative options in everyday design.

For February, commonly considered the month for love, we could think of no better color to celebrate than pink for some design inspiration.

Cabinets

We loved creating this pink stained kitchen with Joan Norkus, of Boxwood LLC, on our Conover Lane Project. Our client for this project loves pink and trusted us to execute it in a tasteful way that would tie into their open concept living space. Check out more of this project in our Gallery.

Tile

This Triangolo Red Blend Mosaic from Artistic Tile mixes varied stones, cut in triangular shapes, to create a beautifully graphic mosaic. We love that the tile shines in this modern space that celebrates the hues of the stones.

Prints

Not ready to commit to color through permanent fixtures like tile or cabinetry? We encourage bringing in color and texture through soft furnishings and wallcoverings. From traditional to playful patterns incorporating color with fabric, wallcoverings, or rugs makes a big impact. Depending on what you choose this could easily be something that you change seasonally.

Apple

Giove

Chateau

From Left to Right:

We know that Pink may not be your favorite choice pallet to incorporate into your home, but we hope that you enjoyed stepping outside the box with us and maybe even found some inspiration from this collection of design elements.

 

Project Spotlight

Shrewsbury Drive Project

This month we are sharing the kitchen from a full house design project we completed a few years ago, but have yet to give it it’s rightful place in the spotlight, until now.

Brought in by builder, Padula Builders, to make finish selections for the interior and exterior of this home.

Along with making the selections, we provided the hard surface materials; cabinetry, countertops, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and tile, to furnish the custom spec home that would go on the market when complete.

Typically, when designing for a particular client we take inspiration for the project design from the client’s lifestyle, design preferences, and specific needs. This project differed in that our objective was to create a home that was uniquely special, reflecting the custom nature and quality workmanship of the home, but also would appeal to styles and requirements for an array of potential buyers.

Designing to sell

We were careful to select details and finishes that were not only clean and classic but would seamlessly lend themselves to a variety of styles allowing the new homeowner to personalize it, making the home their own.

Let’s get to the details…

For the kitchen, we went with the popular style of white shaker, but added special details like the stacked glass wall cabinets and decorative base detailing at the sink. The bright white plays a bold contrast to the stained center island which is a beautiful extension to the hardwood floors that are throughout the home.

Not only are the cabinets two-toned but we chose a leathered granite for the surround to serve as a hardworking surface for cooking and cleaning and accented the island with Carrara Marble to balance the white cabinets that surround. Polished Nickel Cabinetry hardware, pendants, and Rohl Plumbing fixtures give the perfect shine to the space.

Integrating the custom cabinetry with high end Wolf and Subzero appliances was a must to complete this welcoming and functional kitchen.

This project was unique in that we did not have a single client, we had many, to be sure that we did our job in aiding the house find new owners that would make it their home. Classic design principles and finishes never go out of style and that was proven here.